Chicago Bulls vs Utah Jazz

The 113-88 win over the Portland Trail Blazers marked a third straight win for Chicago and is a strong way to kick off a six-game road trip. The Bulls will work to keep that offense humming when they face one of the best defensive teams in the league at the Utah Jazz on Thursday (Enter Contest). The teams split two meetings last season, with each team winning on its own home court.

Defense was Chicago’s biggest issue during a stretch of four losses in five games to open November, but the Bulls held their last three opponents under 100 points and limited the Trail Blazers to 35.8 percent from the floor (and 9-of-34 from 3-point range) on Tuesday. Chicago outrebounded Portland 67-49 and scored 52 points in the paint as all five starters scored in double figures. It will be more difficult to control the glass against the Jazz, who have Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert up front with Trey Lyles coming off the bench. Favors and Gobert are both trying to bounce back from sub-par efforts after combining for 12 points, seven rebounds and one block in a 102-96 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday.

ABOUT THE BULLS (7-4)

Chicago brought in Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo in the offseason, and the veteran presence is bringing a new level out of swingman Jimmy Butler. The 27-year-old scored 20 or more points in each of the last two games and led the way with 27 points, 12 rebounds and five assists on Tuesday. Rondo sat out Tuesday after suffering an ankle injury in Monday’s practice and is day-to-day.

ABOUT THE JAZZ (7-5)

Favors left Monday’s game in the fourth quarter with left knee soreness and did not return, and Gobert watched most of the fourth quarter from the bench as well. Favors will continue to be monitored carefully due to the recurring pain in his knee but the team is not yet planning to sit him for an extended period. Guards Rodney Hood (illness) and George Hill (thumb) sat out Monday and are both day-to-day.

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Fantasy NBA Basketball Predictions

Los Angeles Clippers vs Utah Jazz

The Utah Jazz will be hosting the traveling red hot Los Angeles Clippers in a Western Conference showdown tonight at the Vivint Smart Home Arena on Friday. This fantasy NBA basketball predictions article is brought you by FanPicks.com. Come PLAY in our Daily Fantasy Basketball contests at FanPicks and get a free chance to win $1 Million dollars!

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The Clippers are lucky right now with no reason to play their top players and able to rest them. With the Utah Jazz needing a win and on the brink of elimination, they will take full advantage of this factor. It really couldn’t have come at a better time for them as they have everything to play in this game. They’re standing only 1 game behind the 7th and 1 game ahead of the 9th seed in the tough Western Conference. Not only they’ve been playing well but the chemistry seems to have been clicking more than ever. The Jazz have only lost 3 games in their last 13 matchups. Their defense really helped them to get this far since they still rank 2nd in points allowed. The Jazz are an easy favorite in this one at home.

 

The Clippers come into this game having won 7 of their last 8t and have little to play. They’re currently 4th west and can’t move up nor down. What’s really impressive with them is that they’re one of the few teams who actually rank in the NBA’s top 10 offense and defense simultaneously. This really allows them to rest some of their top players for the playoffs. In fact, it looks like Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, DeAndre Jordan and J.J. Redick will all sit out tonight with this game being logically meaningless to them.

 

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San Antonio Spurs vs Utah Jazz

Gregg Popovich’s hot San Antonio Spurs will be heading to Salt Lake City to battle the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena on Tuesday. This NBA basketball fantasy projections is brought you by FanPicks.com. Come PLAY in our Daily Fantasy Basketball contests at FanPicks and get a free chance to win $1 Million dollars!

 

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The Utah Jazz have been thriving off their defense as well. The surprising fact is that the Jazz actually rank 2nd in the NBA just behind San Antonio. Unfortunately though, they’re barely in the playoffs sitting in eighth in the Western Conference, just one game in front of the Houston Rockets. The Jazz have won 4 of their last 5 heading into this game and clearly have some motivation to obtain their final playoff berth. Utah is also rocking solid at home and made it their fortress with a good 24-14 home record into this game.

 

San Antonio head into this matchup having won 5 of their last 6 games. What’s really encouraging for them is the way LaMarcus Aldridge has been playing. He is really starting to find his Portland form lately. With this already dominant team, its hard and scary to imagine the damage they can make in the post season. Their key to success this year has been their defense as they ranked 1st in pts allowed since the opening month of the year.

 

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